At Lock haven University, we require our Recreation Management students
to complete two separate internships. This puts our students ahead of
the standard for actual experience in the field. Our first internship
is five weeks and a minimum of 120 hours in length and provides an insight
into the field of recreation. Our second internship is our Professional
Field Experience, which is a senior internship that lasts the length
of a semester and requires 400 to 480 minimum hours.
In order to further prepare our students, we require the completion of
fifty community volunteer hours (15 service hours and 35 programming hours).
Service hours include anything you can do to help out a community member
or organization, such as an organized leaf-raking program, or helping
with trail maintenance or river cleanup, etc. Programming hours include
time that you volunteer and plan and/or run a program of some type. Examples
of programming hours include planning a program for high school students,
planning and running a cleanup of some sort, or supervising children through
the Second Mile Youth Program, etc. Our students have given nothing but
positive feedback about this requirement as it has benefited them greatly.